ISL 2020-21 SC East Bengal vs Chennaiyin FC HIGHLIGHTS: Steinmann Brace Helps SCEB Earn 2-2 Draw

ISL 2020-21 SC East Bengal vs Chennaiyin FC HIGHLIGHTS: Matti Steinmann brace helps East Bengal play out a 2-2 draw after Lallianzuala Chhangte and Rahim Ali goals for Chennaiyin.

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SC East Bengal VS Chennaiyin FC Football Scorecard

Match 39, Tilak Maidan Stadium, 26 Dec, 20 19:30

Chennaiyin FC beat SC East Bengal(2-2)

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21:53 (IST)

SC East Bengal Head Coach Robbie Fowler After the Game

"I wanna win every game. The pundit you've got (he referred to Eelco Schattorie) said we lack depth but we're working with what we've got. It's easy to say these things, it's rich of you to say that, we know we lack depth but we have to work on that. I am not making excuses, I am giving you reasons, we are giving everything. We are just playing catch-up and that includes games. Instead of sitting there and saying we could have done this, look at the positives, everyone's just criticising this team. We have had to do perhaps more than others and we deserve credit for that.

"There are things that don't go to plan. We have plan A and plan B. First half wasn't our best but Rafique had a great chance. We made a little change at half time and the players gave me everything. Had we lost, it would have been injustive to us. I don't say we deserved to win but certainly, we didn't deserve to lose."

21:48 (IST)

Chennaiyin FC Head Coach Csaba Laszlo After the Match

"To be honest, I am destroyed even giving the interview. In the defence, we were okay, East Bengal had only a few chances. To concede two goals from set pieces, I am not okay, we have to talk about it. But missing chances in the offence is frustrating. Anyway, I don't give up, I stay with my players but you suffer if you miss chances like that. It is painful, we keep going and training but it's not enough, you have to be clinical and that's what I am missing. You have to go and be clinical.

"I saw the change in formation and asked Memo to stay deeper. We didn't win not because they changed the formation but because we conceded from set pieces. We must be more aggressive. We created so many chances even after conceding but the small things are not there. I am a human who don't like to lose but I am also realistic, at least we have a blow, but it is a painful blow."

21:43 (IST)

Lallianzuala Chhangte After the Match

"I am quite satisfied and I am happy to score my first goal but I would have been happier if we would have won the game.

"The coach gave me freedom to switch from the left to the right, depending on the game. I am pretty comfortable playing both wings.

"For now, I prefer the left side."

21:35 (IST)

Full-time Stats

Here are the full-time statistics from SC East Bengal vs Chennaiyin FC! Plenty of shots there puts the match in perspective.

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21:28 (IST)

FULL TIME

And that's it from Tilak Maidan and a very exciting match comes to an end! Lallianzuala Chhangte gave Chennaiyin FC the lead after which Matti Steinmann equalised early in the second half. Soon, Rahim Ali put Chennaiyin in the lead again only for Steinmann to save the day for SC East Bengal. That's three straight draws for the Kolkata giants while Chennaiyin FC lose the chance to climb into top 4.

SC East Bengal 2-2 Chennaiyin FC

21:22 (IST)

90+2' | Jacques Maghoma is shown a yellow card for a foul on Vishal Kaith! Harsh one though as it was loose play from Chennaiyin and Maghoma had his eyes firmly on the ball and as Kaith got it away, Maghoma just collided into him due to momentum.

SC East Bengal 2-2 Chennaiyin FC

21:20 (IST)

90' | WHAT A CHANCE! Scott Neville is left unmarked by Chennaiyin FC and he rises high to get his head to the corner but heads it over.

SC East Bengal 2-2 Chennaiyin FC

21:18 (IST)

88' | MISS! Jakub Sylvestr with another miss! He just cannot score in India! He gets a free header and he heads it wide. What a chance that was for Chennaiyin FC to find a winner.

SC East Bengal 2-2 Chennaiyin FC

21:15 (IST)

85' | Offside given against Jacques Maghoma but replays show he is onside, play onside by Deepak Tangri.

SC East Bengal 2-2 Chennaiyin FC

21:11 (IST)

CHENNAIYIN FC SUBSTITUTIONS

80' | Edwin Vanspaul replaces Anirudh Thapa

82' | Fatkhulloev comes on in place of Crivellaro

21:10 (IST)

Sylvestr Miss

79' | What a miss from Jakub Sylvestr! Debjit rolls the ball to Milan Singh, who turns around and without looking over his shoulder tries to pass adjacent to him and Sylvestr is right there to get to the ball but he can't get his shot on target. What an escape for East Bengal and Chennaiyin will not get a better chance than that!

SC East Bengal 2-2 Chennaiyin FC

21:07 (IST)

77' | Chhangte with a brilliant chance as he gets a beautiful cross from the left flank but a loose first touch allows East Bengal to block his attempt and Sylvestr's second attempt is parried off by Debjit.

SC East Bengal 2-2 Chennaiyin FC

20:59 (IST)

STEINMANN SCORES HIS SECOND

68' | GOAL! Matti Steinmann equalises for SC East Bengal again. Horrible goalkeeping from Vishal Kaith. Fox just hit the ball back towards goal and Kaith, instead of just catching the ball, pushes it straight into Steinmann's waiting feet, who just taps it in.

SC East Bengal 2-2 Chennaiyin FC

20:56 (IST)

Sipovoc Hits the Crossbar

67' - Enes Sipovic jumps the highest against Chennaiyin's corner but his header hits the crossbar. Unlucky there!

SC East Bengal 1-2 Chennaiyin FC

20:54 (IST)

RAHIM ALI SCORES CHENNAIYIN'S 2ND

64' | GOAL! Rahim Ali gives Chennaiyin FC the lead again. And Chennaiyin hit back! Jakub Sylvestr with the assist once again. Poor defence from Jairu as he allows Rahim to get across to him in the box and find the back of the net. 

SC East Bengal 1-2 Chennaiyin FC

20:50 (IST)

STEINMANN EQUALISES FOR SC EAST BENGAL

59' | GOAL! Matti Steinmann equalises for SC East Bengal. Jairu with a wonderful corner kick and Steinmann comes up with a cracking header to get the Kolkata side back into the game.

SC East Bengal 1-1 Chennaiyin FC

20:50 (IST)

58' | Bikash Jairu with a wonderful ball in the middle for Daniel Fox but Enes Sipovic comes up with a stunning last-ditch tackle to send the ball out for a corner.

SC East Bengal 0-1 Chennaiyin FC

20:47 (IST)

57' | Anthony Pilkington tries to pass in the middle from the left of the box but it is blocked.

SC East Bengal 0-1 Chennaiyin FC

20:43 (IST)

53' | Crivellaro with a delightful corner kick at the near post and Sylvestr rises to get his head to it and it's a free one but he heads it over.

SC East Bengal 0-1 Chennaiyin FC

20:41 (IST)

51' | Good move from Chennaiyin FC. Thapa passes to Crivellaro on the overlap, who dribbles up and passes to Sylvestr in the middle from the by-line but Sylvestr is not facing the goal and he heads it down in the middle that enables East Bengal to clear the ball.

SC East Bengal 0-1 Chennaiyin FC

20:38 (IST)

SECOND HALF UNDERWAY

The second half of SC East Bengal vs Chennaiyin FC gets underway at the Tilak Maidan with the Mariners leading 1-0.

20:37 (IST)

EAST BENGAL SUBSTITUTIONS

46' | Jeje Lalpekhlua comes on in place of Sehnaj Singh. Surchandra Singh is replaced by N Rohen Singh

59' | Milan Singh comes on for Haobam Singh

88' | Rafique is subbed off as Rana Gharami comes on

SC East Bengal 0-1 Chennaiyin FC 

20:29 (IST)

Half-time Stats

Chennaiyin FC have more of the possession and Chennaiyin also took more shots compared to just one from SC East Bengal, which was on target.

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20:23 (IST)

HALF TIME

And that's it from the first 45 minutes! Both teams have chances with SC East Bengal's defence looking far more jittery. Lallianzuala Chhangte got his first goal of the season to give Chennaiyin a 1-0 lead in the 13th minute and that's the difference between the teams at the moment. Mohammed Rafique had a stunning chance to equalise in the 37th minute when he was through on goal but could not find the back of the net.

SC East Bengal 0-1 Chennaiyin FC

20:17 (IST)

45+1' | Crivellaro with some good work on the edge of the box and he passes to Sylvestr, who was adjacent to him. Sylvestr's shot is blocked but he recovers and passes to Chhangte on his right. Chhangte cuts the ball back in the middle instead of going for the shot and there was no one to use the opportunity.

SC East Bengal 0-1 Chennaiyin FC

20:08 (IST)

Rafique Miss

37' | WHAT A MISS! Rafique keeps himself onside and receives a perfect ball and is all clear to score with just the goalkeeper to beat but he dribbles the ball for far too long and misses the massive chance.

SC East Bengal 0-1 Chennaiyin FC

20:01 (IST)

Kaith Saves

30' | A beautiful long ball for Jacques Maghoma but he can't get to the end of it and Vishal Kaith comes off his line to collect the ball just in time. Maghoma should have done better with that one.

SC East Bengal 0-1 Chennaiyin FC

20:00 (IST)

Look at what that goal means for Chhangte! He missed some sitters in Chennaiyin FC's previous game and must have been extremely disappointed with that. This may just pump him up!

19:55 (IST)

23' | A nasty clash between Rahim Ali and Bikash Jairu in the East Bengal box as the former was trying to get to the end of a beautiful ball in the box. Ali was late to get his head to the ball and instead his shoulder clashed into Jairu's back of the head. The East Bengal man has received some treatment for the same.

SC East Bengal 0-1 Chennaiyin FC

19:52 (IST)

21' | SC East Bengal have been jittery at the back ever since they conceded the goal with such a quick move from Chennaiyin FC. They will need to calm their nerves and look to create opportunities for themselves here.

SC East Bengal 0-1 Chennaiyin FC

ISL 2020-21 SC East Bengal vs Chennaiyin FC HIGHLIGHTS: Steinmann Brace Helps SCEB Earn 2-2 Draw

ISL 2020-21 SC East Bengal vs Chennaiyin FC HIGHLIGHTS: Chennaiyin FC and SC East Bengal play out a 2-2 draw in the Indian Super League (ISL) 2020-21 Match No.39 at the Tilak Maidan in Vasco, Goa on Saturday. Both teams had plenty of chances but it was Matti Steinmann's brace against Lallianzuala Chhangte and Rahim Ali goals that settled the game. Steinmann scored his second to equalise for East Bengal with a tap-in in the 68th minute. Rahim Ali got to the end of a Jakub Sylvestr pass and found the back of the net to put Chennaiyin FC 2-1 up. In the 59th minute, Steinmann first equalised for East Bengal off a Bikash Jairu's corner. Mohammed Rafique missed a massive chance in the 37th minute, when he was through with only the goalkeeper to beat. Jacques Maghoma has a good chance to equalise but Vishal Kaith collects the ball just in time. Chhangte found the back of the net in the 13th minute. Follow all the live updates of SC East Bengal vs Chennaiyin FC in News18 Sports' blog.

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CFC will be wary of the threat SC East Bengal poses as the Kolkata team motivated to get its first win. Three former Chennaiyin FC strikers are now part of SC East Bengal - Jeje Lalpekhlua, Balwant Singh and CK Vineeth. And, they will be keen to do their best in an important game. Chennaiyin are meeting the Kolkata side for the first time ever and they would hope to continue the momentum after beating a strong FC Goa on December 19.

East Bengal coach Robbie Fowler insisted that his players had put behind the disappointment of allowing Kerala Blasters to snatch a draw with a late equaliser in their last match. "The morale that we got here has been good," he said, adding "at times, we've been unlucky". "It's totally unfortunate that you're conceding goals at the last minute. But the lads played really well and we created a lot of chances. We could have won the game quite convincingly. But football is like that."

CFC Head Coach Csaba Laszlo said East Bengal were improving gradually and expected a tough match. "East Bengal have good football players; they are a new team that needs to adapt to the ISL. I saw that in the starting few matches they weren't good but they are improving and it will be a difficult challenge for us for sure," he said.

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